Weekly Update: August 3, 2015

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” - Revelation 21:4 (ESV)

Dear Family,

We took time in worship yesterday to praise God for the ninety-six years of life he gave to Robert Wise. The memories, laughter, and sweet kindness of our dear brother will not soon be forgotten. Plans for his memorial service and burial are still to be determined as I write this. As soon as the details have been confirmed the church will release an email to the congregation. Please keep Diane and the family in your prayers.

Keith Snow allowed me to preview a great video I think you will enjoy. The video highlights Cross Creek's passion for life group ministry. It is scheduled to be shown in worship this Sunday.

There has been a lot of attention the past couple of weeks given to Planned Parenthood and a number of unethical practices. I would like to reaffirm Cross Creek's passion for life. We believe that the Lord is the giver of life and we stand in firm opposition to the tragedy of abortion. Please pray for ministries throughout the country like First Coast Women's Services as they stand on the front lines of ministering to families.

Are you serving the church? Every church member is called to serve the body of Christ. We all have various abilities and interests that the Lord has given us for use in his church. There is an old adage that twenty percent of the people in a church do eighty percent of the work. Cross Creek doesn't embrace that thought. We want to be a church where everyone is engaged in service. If you are not plugged into some area of service in the church, please pray for how you can get involved. If you have ideas please contact any of the staff or officers for further direction.

Thanks to all who lovingly laughed and poked fun at me for a series of verbal flubs in worship yesterday, not the least of which was calling our "Pairs and Spares" senior's ministry "Pairs and Squares." Once again affirming that all attention in worship should fall on our Savior and not on the preacher! Believe me, I join you in the laughter.

Blessings,

Paul